Peugeot e-208 (2020) Guide

Peugeot e-208 (2020) Guide

The entry-level price points for electric vehicles is heating up. The Peugeot e-208 is the latest to join the likes of Renaults Zoe, Nissan Leaf and MINI’s new Electric model. The e-208 certainly shakes things up a little in terms of range and tech for its price point. The attractive, sleek exterior is matched by a classy and sculptured interior, while its healthy 211 WLTP range and rapid charge capabilities make it a very appealing EV proposition indeed.

Electric Range

211 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£7.00

Battery Size

50 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

14 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 100kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Peugeot e-208

The e-208 comes with a battery size of 50kWh and has an official WLTP range of 211miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 7.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 28 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £7.

The e-208 comes with a CCS connector option, enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. When plugged into a 100kW charging station, the e-208 will charge from 0-80% in just 30 minutes. Considering you will rarely charge from 0% this is awe-inspiring charging time.

Note: The e-208 has a max DC rate of 100kW, which is something given its price point. You also have to option to upgrade to an 11kW 3-Phase onboard charger; this means if you’re lucky enough to have a 3-Phase supply at home or work, you can knock 2 hours off your charging time.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 25h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-Phase) = 5h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 50m for 0-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Peugeot e-208

Classified as a BEV, the e-208 produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Peugeot e-208 qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet in style.

What are people saying about the Peugeot e-208?

A lot of good stuff. The Peugeot e-208 is highly desirable, particularly by those seeking to transition to electric without shouting about it. It’s quite challenging to tell the e-208 apart from its internal combustion engine sisters; except for a subtle ‘e’ badge, they are precisely the same, and that is by design. Engineered to house either an internal combustion engine or electric battery pack, the 208 has the same external and internal space regardless of fuel source. Based on the PSA Group’s electric platform, the e-208 features the same underpinnings as the DS 3 E-TENSE and Vauxhall’s Corsa-e.

The e-208 is a good-looking car, plus it performs well. It is no slouch, reaching 60mph in 8 seconds, the steering is responsive, it’s easy to park and offers an all-round fun drive. The cabin is unlike no other EV in its class. Depending on your trim level (there are four), the sporty styled steering wheel is complemented by 3D screens and piano keys. It’s classy, cool, techy and sophisticated all at the same time. While the front remains spacious and comfortable, the rear seat passengers won’t rave about the comfort level, but it’s adequate for a car of its size.

Perhaps one of the most significant selling points of the e-208 is the liquid-cooled battery, combined with its 100kW rapid charge capabilities. These features are rare in an EV of this stature and price range. The temperature-controlled battery enables faster charging making this a vehicle that could easily accommodate long journeys, easing range anxiety and increasing its viability as a primary car.

The Renault Zoe has been something of a benchmark in the electric hatchback category and the e-208 stacks up quite well. It is lighter and faster than the Zoe, but it does offer slightly less range. However, the battery technology and rapid charge could make the e-208 a better proposition for its price point. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. The snazzy aesthetics of the e-208 or the classic, minimalism of a Zoe? That’s up to you.

What we are sure of is that the e-208 will be a real contender in the EV space. It has everything you’d want. An incredible range for the money. Super-fast charging. Great looks. It’s comfortable and practical while appearing edgy, fresh and modern.